Tonight you close the chapter on 2017. Tomorrow you will wake up to a new day....a new year.....a new chapter. Be proud of what you accomplished this year. You have learned about the strengths that you didn't know you had. You have seen how God used your weaknesses to grow your faith in Him. You have provided a home and a stable support system for your children in the midst of chaos and brokenness. You have smiled through the pain and not given up...even when you really wanted to.
2018 will be a year of more growth and new opportunities. Your heart will continue to heal. It's a long process and there will be setbacks. There will be days when you will feel peace and joy overflowing. Then there will be days when the raw pain will resurface and you will find yourself struggling to make it through the day. Don't beat yourself up for having bad days. You lost a lot in 2017 and there is no quick fix to handle the memories and emotions triggered by those memories. You are creating a new normal and a new life. It takes time and patience to process it all.
Continue to trust God to provide for you. He sees what others are contributing and he knows how much your bills are. Nothing is too difficult for him to take care of. He makes the impossible possible. Seek Him and His plans above everything else. He will comfort you like no one else can. He loves you deeply and cares for every detail of your life.
Focus on what's important. Don't get distracted trying to change the behaviors of others. Don't waste time and energy exposing character flaws. Instead focus on growing closer to God and to your kids. Pray for them and continue to teach them to honor God with their choices. Work hard and always strive for excellence in your job. Remember that you represent Christ to your coworkers and customers.
Take time each day to thank God for His work in your life and for the blessings you experience. He has great plans for you in 2018. You can rest knowing that He's in control.
Go to sleep tonight confident in His love, provision and faithfulness to fulfill His promises. Wake up tomorrow with no fear of what 2018 will bring.
Happy New Year!!